The Brussels Museum of Fine Arts has returned a painting by Lovis Corinth to its legitimate Jewish owners, De Standaard reports Wednesday.
The work had been seized during World War II by the Nazis in Brussels, and was on display in the museum as looted art.
This restitution of this Blumenstilleben painting from 1913 follows a complaint from the Berlin law firm Von Trott zu Solz Lammek, an authority on art looted by the Nazis.
Application submitted in 2016
This office submitted a request for restitution in 2016, but the procedure took a long time. The Secretary of State responsible for scientific policy Thomas Dermine (PS) has now affixed his signature. He says he is delighted that the painting can be returned to the artist’s family. “It is undoubtedly a very small gesture but it is a reparation for a cowardly despoilment which also proves that we must never lose confidence in justice.“.
Blumenstilleben arrived in Belgium via a fleeing Jewish family. After the Liberation, the painting was found in a warehouse where the Nazis stored looted works of art. In 1951, the painting was donated to the Museum of Fine Arts in Brussels.